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Thibault Benistant

Thibault Benistant

Working his way up the Yamaha Racing pyramid, Benistant has paved his way to the MX2 World Championship with titles in both EMX125 and EMX250 Championships. He won the EMX125 Championship in 2018 aboard a GYTR kitted YZ125 and was a contender for the EMX250 title the following year at his first attempt. During his rookie season in the MX2 feeder class, Benistant celebrated a podium finish at his home round in France and took his YZ250F to fifth overall. 

Remaining on a GYTR kitted YZ250F in 2020, the youngster from Avignon was drafted into the Hutten Metaal Yamaha Official EMX250 team and moved to Holland in order to train close to the team's base. Realising his obvious potential and proving that hard work pays dividends, Benistant celebrated eight EMX250 race wins, six round wins and seven podium finishes on his way to securing the 2020 EMX250 title. 

Just three days after he was crowned EMX250 champion, Benistant signed on to race the next three MX2 Grands Prix. Racing his EMX250 Championship winning YZ250F, the 18-year-old debutant impressed with two top-three race finishes and a top-five overall finish in his third-ever Grand Prix. 

As a symbol of Yamaha Motor Europe’s commitment to the next generation of MXGP stars, Benistant was fast-tracked into the Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MX2 team where he campaigned a YZ250FM in his first full season in MX2.  He finished eighth in his rookie season after missing the final two rounds through injury, but proved he had the pace by claiming a maiden race win at the Italian Grand Prix, followed by another race win and a maiden podium finish at the MXGP of Czech Republic. 

In 2022, Benistant shone once more. The youngster recovered from a knee injury that saw him miss the first three rounds of the MX2 World Championship to claim a maiden Grand Prix victory, four race wins and five podium finishes, before the end of the year. Despite having five months off the bike at the start of the year, and the overall set-back, the ‘198’ still finished his 2022 season inside the top-five!
Going into 2023, Benistant remains hyper-focused on progressing up the leader board in MX2. His ultimate goal is to fight for the MX2 world title!

Personal Details:

Date of birth
: 31/07/2002
Place of birth: Avignon 
Nationality: French
Height: 181cm
Weight (kg): 74kg
Hobbies: Fortnite, table tennis

Career Summary:

2022: 5th MX2 World Championship
8th MX2 World Championship
: EMX250 Champion
2019: 5th EMX250 Championship 
2018: EMX125 Champion